Topic 16

It has recently been announced that a new restaurant may be built in your neighborhood. Do
you support or oppose this plan? Why? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

I can see both advantages and disadvantages to having a new restaurant built in our neighborhood.
I’m worried about traffic and how it will affect our neighborhood. However, I think that it will
benefit local businesses and increase appreciation for our neighborhood. Overall, I think it is a
good idea.

Traffic congestion is always a concern when you build something new. Our streets are narrow,
with parking on both sides. More cars traveling through the neighborhood could cause a lot of
congestion. Traffic means parking problems, too. Our neighborhood has very few garages
attached to the houses. Most of us depend on finding a space to park on the street. If the new
restaurant is built, we’ll be competing for those spaces with the restaurant’s patrons. Plus, if the
restaurant offers valet parking, it’ll be even worse. Valet parkers work in teams to grab every
possible space available on the street.

I’m also concerned about the type of patrons this new restaurant will bring into our neighborhood.
A family restaurant wouldn’t be a problem. However, if it’s going have a bar and dancing, then
there could be problems. The restaurant would stay open later, and people leaving the restaurant
might be drunk. Who wouldn’t worry about rowdy customers staggering around our neighborhood
in the early morning hours, looking for their cars?

I have to admit, though, there are advantages to a new restaurant. Our neighborhood could
certainly use the jobs the restaurant would provide. Not only that, the money neighborhood
residents would earn there would likely be spent at other neighborhood businesses. This would
give a boost to those businesses and make our neighborhood more prosperous.

A new restaurant would also attract a lot of people to our neighborhood. They could see what a
nice area this is to live. That might attract new residents to the neighborhood. That would be a
good thing, because we’ve been losing residents to the suburbs the last couple of years.

There are a lot of details to consider, but all in all, I support the idea of this new restaurant in our


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